REVEALED: Striking artwork created by Peterborough’s Nobby the Tramp
Art work created by one of Peterborough’s most colourful characters has been revealed months after his death.
Michael Ross - better known to thousands of Peterborians as Nobby The Tramp - died aged 74 at the beginning of March after a battle with illness.
Michael was living in a retirement scheme run by Cross Keys Homes at the time of his death, with neighbours describing him as an artist.
Now a selection of Michael’s artwork has been revealed, showing a side of his character many people were unaware of.
Many of the paintings are of plants and flowers - with neighbours at the housing scheme telling The Peterborough Telegraph Michael was a keen gardener, spending many hours tending for his plants.
The works all have a distinct, abstract style, being made up of scores of individual dots and small brush strikes - and possibly applying the paint to the canvas directly with his hands - to create a slightly surreal image.
They have been painted on large canvasses, with dozens of pictures found at his home.
Now Cross Keys homes are looking for companies and groups who may be interested in taking some of the works.
A number of the paintings will be kept on display at the housing scheme where Michael lived, but others will be available.
For more information email the scheme manager at [email protected]
Michael was a popular personality in the city for years, as he made his home in a bus shelter on Oundle Road, and became one of Peterborough’s most famous residents.
Residents regularly left food and clothing for him and, as his fame spread, the shelter was even given its own post code with letters being delivered to him.
A play has been written about his life, he’s been the subject of portraits by painters and there’s even a Facebook group dedicated to him
He lived in the shelter from the 1980s through to the 2000s before he was given a home in a sheltered accommodation scheme in Figtree Walk, Dogsthorpe.
Earlier this year Peterborough Telegraph readers voted Michael as one of the ten greatest Peterborians of all time.
There have been calls for a lasting tribute in his memory.